Sacandaga Lake is located on the west side of Lake Pleasant, and the west shore is partially
within Adirondack Park's West Canada Lakes Wilderness. Some private properties are located on the
lakeshore, and a popular state campground occupies a portion called Moffitt Beach on the northeast
shore. The campground was originally a local picnic spot where sand was mined to enhance nearby
beaches. During the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps had a camp at the lake and
built the Moffitt Beach State Campground. The campground was later enlarged so that it now provides
about 260 campsites, restrooms, showers, and a picnic area with tables and fireplaces, a trailer
dump station, a recycling center, a boat launch, and a sand beach with a guarded swimming area open
in the summer.
With over 1,500 acres of water surface, Sacandaga Lake offers plenty of fishing and boating fun. The nearby West Canada Lakes Wilderness is known as one of the Adirondack Park's most remote trout fishing destinations, with over 50 ponds and lakes harboring brook trout. Trails lead to many of them, but some can only be accessed via trackless areas. Wilderness skills are required of hikers in the area. There are no major inflowing rivers into Sacandaga Lake, but a small watercourse called Sacandaga Outlet empties into nearby Lake Pleasant. This Sacandaga Lake is not to be confused with Great Sacandaga Lake, a reservoir downstream along the Sacandaga River which begins at Lake Pleasant.
The Sacandaga Lake boat launch is located within the Moffits Beach DEC campsite area, once of the largest in the Adirondacks. The hard surface boat launch is new and modern, and able to accommodate the largest trailered boats.Launch Location
Sacandaga Lake and Lake Pleasant are the crown jewels of Hamilton County, anchor community of
central Adirondack Park. The community of Lake Pleasant occupies the strip of land between the two
lakes, and becomes 'outdoor central' each summer when park visitors arrive. Located about 60 miles
from Utica and 70 miles from Schenectady, Lake Pleasant and its two large lakes are the
destinations favored as base for exploring the natural wonders of Adirondack Park, the largest park
in America's lower 48 states. Although small compared to the six million protected acres comprising
Adirondack Park, Sacandaga Lake and Lake Pleasant together provide over 6,000 acres of water
surface for water sports, nature observation and lakefront living with the convenience of city
Sacandaga Lake and Lake Pleasant lie in the central portion of Adirondack Park, but much of the shoreline is private property. Contrary to popular perception, there are many pockets of private property within the park, but most have building controlled by the Park which strictly regulates how much new development occurs within the park's larger outside boundaries. The two lakes are very popular for water skiing, pontooning, boating, canoeing and kayaking. The lakes offer both warm-water and cold-water fisheries, providing a large variety of fish. Smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, brown trout, chain pickerel, rock bass, walleye, yellow perch and lake whitefish are all present, along with smaller panfish. Thanks to a healthy population of rainbow smelt, the bass and larger fish are well-fed and can grow quite large. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation monitors fish availability and stocks selected species regularly.
This lake has a long and deep history worth reading, please check it out on the wikipedia page below.
There is an unpaved launch in Speculator on the northern end of Lake Pleasant near the Sacandaga River Outlet. Boat launch limited to canoes, kayaks and small motor boats on trailers.Launch Location